Department of Communication

The English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad


smukiriSujatha Mukiri
Professor and Head

Dr. Sujatha Mukiri has degrees in Education and English Literature, and is the author of papers on the English novel and the works of Virgina Woolf, Communicative English textbooks and on issues of language teaching and learning. She has worked extensively projects for a range of organisations and institutions such as the AP Social Welfare Residential Educational Institutions, Centre for English Language Teaching  for ASEAN countries with the Ministry of External Affairs, the National Literacy Mission Authority’s Project on Recognition of Prior Learning in English Language, and the Ministry of External Affairs’ Tele-education Project. She teaches courses in Public Relations, Writing for Newspapers, Scripting for Television, Feminist Theory and Criticism, Media for Language Teaching and Educational Technology.


Nagamallika Gudipaty

Dr. Nagamallika’s doctoral research on ‘Print media analysis of coverage of communal riots in Hyderabad-1990, was the first Mass Communication Ph.D awarded by the University of Hyderabad. She has previously taught at the University College for Women, Hyderabad, Women’s Christian College, Chennai, Manipal Institute of Communication, Osmania University and the University of Hyderabad before joining the Department in 2007. Her areas of research include Political Communication and News analysis of Print and television. She is  currently completing a UGC major research project on the Longitudinal study of negative news coverage in Telugu newspapers, and is also part of an international project on the Media Systems in the BRICS countries.


T.T. Sreekumar

Dr. Sreekumar is the author of the book “ICTs & Development in India: Perspectives on the Rural Network Society” (Anthem Books, London, 2011). Widely published in National and International Journals, Dr. Sreekumar has research experience in India, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore and has presented research papers in major international Communications and Social Science Conferences/Seminars. He has previously taught at MICA, Ahmadabad, the National University of Singapore (NUS), and the Division of Social Sciences, HKUST, Hong Kong. He has been the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Creative Communications, and is currently the Associate Editor of Media Asia.  He serves as member of the editorial board for several other prominent journals. His research interests include New Media and Technoculture, Impact of Internet in Developing Countries, Mobile communications, State Civil Society relations, Political Economy of Development; Religion and New Media, Cyberculture and New Social Movements. A writer and columnist in his mother tongue Malayalam, Dr. Sreekumar has authored/edited 10 books and written over 300 articles in the language. He is also closely associated with several civil society organizations in India.


Srinivas Panthukala
Assistant Professor

Dr. Srinivas Panthukala has over 16 years of experience in diverse streams of Mass Communication and Journalism, specifically in the field of TV Journalism and the academic discipline of Communication and Journalism Studies. He has previously worked  as Communication Manager for DDS, a grassroots NGO where he coordinated Community Radio and Video Projects based in Pastapur village, Zaheerabad, Medak District, Andhra Pradesh (India). From August 2003 to December 2007 he worked as a Reporter and Producer for Maa TV,  Telugu regional electronic media and produced special stories and news items.  He specialised in development communication and development journalism, documentary film making, video production, television news coordination and script writing for television. He successfully coordinated and delivered a weekly half-hour health programme and special stories for Maa Television Network Ltd, Hyderabad. In 2008 he put in place the Research and Reference (RRG) group (the backend support group for all the news programming) in HMTV and filed special and developmental stories for HMTV 24 hours News Channel, Hyderabad Media House Private Limited, Hyderabad. He joined the Department in 2008, teaching Documentary Production, TV Production and TV Studies courses and coordinating the MA JMC Programme.


Suchitra Patnaik
Assistant Professor





Ranjith Thankappan
Assistant Professor

Dr. T. Ranjith is a journalist-turned-academic who has previously taught at the Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi before joining the Department in 2010. He specialises in the field of media and cultural studies and his areas of research are Affect and Media, Journalism Cultures, Malayalam Cinema, Dalit Publics, Social History of Print, and Queering Popular Culture. His recent publications include “Mohaavesangalute Maranakkali” (The Death Game of Desires), in Sanjay, S and Gopu, S. (eds.)  Kazhchayute Pratimukhangal: Malayalathile Navasamanthara Cinema Patanam (Counter faces of Vision: Study of New Parallel Cinema in Malayalam). Kozhikode: Fabian Books, (2018); “Life, History and Politics: Two Autobiographies of Kallen Pokkudan and the Print Imaginations of Dalit in Keralam”, in Misrahi-Barak, Judith and Abraham, Joshil K. (eds.) Dalit Literatures in India. Routledge, UK (2016); and  Politics of Media, New Delhi: Kalpaz, (2015). He is the recipient of the Charles Wallace Research Grant, 2018.

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A. Nagraj
Assistant Professor

Dr. A. Nagraj has done doctoral research in the area of Media Ecology from Tezpur University, Assam. His current research is in the areas of Media Ecology, media and socio-political movements, media environments and their impact. His other areas of interests include media and advertising, electronic media and film studies. Prior to joining the Department of Communication, Dr.Nagraj had worked with Tezpur University, Assam and NIFT, Hyderabad.  Apart from teaching television production, electronic media, advertising and documentary production, Dr. Nagraj has also edited a full length Assamese-language feature film called Aei Maatite.


Srinivas Lankala
Assistant Professor

Dr. Srinivas Lankala’s research interests lie in the areas of semiotics, philosophy of communication and critical media studies. He is interested in the role of mass media in civil society, politics and the public sphere. His published work deals with post-structuralist theory, media and ideology, and media representations of terrorism. Prior to joining the Department, Dr. Lankala worked with the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS), Bangalore, as an administrator for the IIHS Urban Fellows Programme. Dr. Lankala has also worked in various roles in documentary film production, labour unions, teaching and academic administration in India and the United States.